I have been “window shopping” for a nice camera for a while now. Last year, the price of the one I wanted was…well, way too much for my budget. So, I just kept dreaming. Then, a miracle occurred! The camera I’d been eyeing dropped in price by almost half! I saved up every penny I could, and, with a some help from my  tall, dark and handsome husband, I was able to purchase my Nikon D3100 DSLR camera on my fifteenth anniversary! It’s my first ever DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera. I know absolutely nothing about photography. From what I’ve been reading, it can be tricky – balancing aperture and shutter speed, ISO, diopter, exposure – and so much more that it hurts my brain to think about it.
I tried taking pictures inside my home right after I bought it, but that was a disaster. However, I was delighted to see some decent results with my outdoor shots. These photos are not perfect by any means, and I know that. But, I’m just so excited to have begun the process of understanding my DSLR, that I just had to share my first feeble efforts with you!
I read that using a large aperture would bring my subject into focus while the background was blurry, which is the look I wanted. I was so happy when that’s the effect I got in this photo of Laci! I know, it’s a bit washed out and perhaps not perfectly focused, but, you can see her and the background is…wait for it… blurry

I did edit this photo a bit. It was too dark for my taste, so I used Picasa to brighten it up a smidge. I just loved how the sun’s rays are so dynamic in this picture of our church. I used a small aperture for this one, which was supposed to bring everything into focus, which it did! I know, it’s not perfect, but to be my first time, I’m pleased. 
I played around with Laci for these photos -she’s showing her many faces: sad, happy, angry and surprised. Again, a bit washed out. I could have edited it to even it out, but I decided to leave it as-is, so I could remember what my first pictures looked like. I hope to compare them later on and find that I’ve improved my skills. 
I hope. (crossing fingers and wishing upon a star) 
I’m just so thrilled to have a new hobby! Raising five children, homeschooling, cooking, cleaning, reading, blogging and writing just wasn’t enough to fill my time. 


15 thoughts on “My New Hobby

  1. Kristy... says:

    Great pics. I love photography… I have the D40 but REALLY want the 3100 (someday).. Looking forward to seeing your pictures as you master the camera!!!!!!!!!!


  2. Enjoy your new hobby! I am sure Ava can give you alot of tips and help…she does such a great job with her photos! Have a great weekend. Robyn


  3. Anonymous says:

    Wow! That's great! Congratulations on your new camera. That was a wonderful anniversary gift.
    Laci is a very dramatic subject–and cute also!


  4. Thank you! I've waited a long time to buy any kind of camera. When this one dropped in price, it was a shock! I really am enjoying it…not sure if my family likes having the camera in their faces all the time though! haha!


  5. Oh, yes! Ava has advised me every step of the way. Couldn't do this without her. She does a great job with all of her pics.


  6. Thank you! I'm very excited!


  7. Thank you! I've been waiting a long time. 🙂


  8. Ava Kinsey says:

    Great job with your photos! Laci is a fabulous model! (Don't you love doing the blurry backgrounds?!!) I really love the picture of the church with the sun's rays! That is a picture-postcard photo for sure!

    I like your new blog layout, too. I always read your articles as soon as I've seen that you've posted them, but my phone doesn't show the pretty stuff. (That “You don't need a warrant” cracks me up every time!)


  9. Ava Kinsey says:

    Kristy is one of the people who inspired me to start getting more serious with my photography. I love the pics of her kids.


  10. Ava Kinsey says:

    Thanks, y'all! Always glad to help!


  11. I love her photos, too!


  12. You're being waaaay too kind, Ava! But thank you. I was really excited about the way the sun looked.
    You are the FIRST person to mention the “You don't need a warrant” for my search box. I'm so glad someone else likes it. 🙂


  13. Kristy... says:

    Aww Thanks ladies!! Photography has been on the back burner lately and actually just today I told my husband I wanted to go and get my kids pictures taken … to which he replied “aren't you a photographer” and I sat there for a second.. the question hit me… Why, yes, I do believe I was once a photographer.. I think that I need to pick the camera back up… 🙂


  14. Yes, you should definitely get back to it! Maybe you could share some tutorials for beginners on your blog? You know, for everyone? (read: me) 😉


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